I find painting to be the truest form of expression to satisfy
my need to create. When I paint, I am first inspired by the mood,
the quiet drama of light and shadow or a subtle remarkable feature
of an otherwise ordinary scene. My second inspiration comes from
the excitement of translating my subject matter to the blank paper;
seeing what will grow from mixing a feeling, a photographic image,
and whatever medium I feel will best suit my artistic intent. I
try less to manipulate than to see what happens as the painting
evolves and speaks to me.
I work mostly in watercolor, transparently as well as opaquely,
finding the loose somewhat unpredictable quality to be a fun challenge.
I turn to pastels when my intent involves detail and more realism.
My passion and respect for the natural world lures me to most of
my subject matter. Upon finding a scene or image that moves me,
I take several digital photographs, composing on the spot with the
camera. Later in my studio, I take my time to contemplate what I
want to say with this particular painting.
With my artmaking, I try to express my strong connection to the
humble yet profound source of all life. We live, using and taking
with little awareness or regard. Through my painting, I try to remind
myself and appreciate the spirit of all things.